2019-20 Applicants

University of the Pacific


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Robin Harrison
Physical Therapy Program Services Assistant
Department of Physical Therapy
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton CA, 95211
(209) 946-2526
ptadmissions@pacific.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/26/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Through its competitive admissions process, the program strives to assemble a diverse student body representative of our society.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
90%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
9%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
1%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

Pacific's Doctor of Physical Therapy program consists of 25 months of classroom, laboratory, and clinical learning. A new class enters each fall. The program has nine full-time academic faculty members and nearly 20 physical therapists, physicians and other health care professionals from the community actively engaged in the on-campus learning experiences. The mission of Pacific's physical therapy program is to prepare lifelong learners who are skilled, reflective, autonomous practitioners. The program is committed to furthering the body of knowledge of physical therapy and providing leadership within the profession advocating for optimal health, wellness and performance for all members of society. We accomplish this through a concise program of study emphasizing evidence-based reasoning and creative skills grounded in the basic and clinical sciences.

Our academic program is enhanced by a wide variety of innovative clinical experiences and involvement in professional societies. Excellence in classroom teaching is emphasized for faculty. Students generally spend approximately 30 hours each week in lecture or laboratory classes with a minimum of two faculty in each laboratory session. All students enroll in each course. There are elective courses in the latter portion of the curriculum to allow students to explore selected areas of their own interest in physical therapy in more depth. Students graduate following the completion of the sixth trimester. The final two trimesters include 26 weeks of full-time clinical internships, for a total of 30 weeks full-time clinical education.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

All application materials must be uploaded AND verified by PTCAS, and the $50 institutional application fee must be paid, by November 1, 2019, in order to be considered for the Fall 2020 admission cycle. Applicants are advised to submit all application materials at least 6 weeks before the November 1 deadline to ensure adequate time for processing by PTCAS.

Important Application Dates.

* UOP application opens: 07/01/2019 at 8am Pacific Time

* UOP application closes (firm deadline for verified PTCAS applications): 11/01/2019 at 5pm Pacific Time

* Suggested date by which to submit all documents to PTCAS for verification: 09/15/2019

* Suggested final date to take the GRE exam: 08/01/2019

* UOP application fees due (online payment): 11/01/2019 at 5pm Pacific Time

* Interviews of selected applicants: Late January and/or early February

Important Enrollment Dates (Upon Acceptance into the DPT Program)

* Deadline to submit all documents reflecting successful completion of pending prerequisites: 07/15/2020 at 5pm Pacific Time

* Deadline to submit verification of completed PT observation hours: 07/15/2020 at 5pm Pacific Time

* New Student Orientation (mandatory): 08/23/2020

* Deadline for required immunizations and to submit the immunization report: 08/27/2020


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$600.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Accepted applicants must submit the deposit within 2 weeks of the date of their acceptance letter.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.56
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or above.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0211
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Your application materials must be verified by PTCAS by November 1. (Please note: this is NOT an upload/submission deadline).

The last acceptable GRE must be taken 6 weeks before the application deadline, in order to provide processing time for scores to reported to Pacific and verified by PTCAS by the November 1 verified application deadline.

Observation Hours

 
50 PT Observation Hours are required. A minimum 25 hours must be in an acute care in-hospital setting. (Please note: sub-acute and other non-acute care settings do not satisfy this requirement). The Department encourages you to visit the APTA website for the definition of acute care and descriptions of that setting: http://www.apta.org/PTCareers/Overview/.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
50
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
The $50 supplemental application fee must be sent directly to the University of the Pacific Graduate School by the November 1, 2018 deadline. Please enter your receipt number when prompted under the program's custom questions on the application.

Official GRE scores should be submitted to code 0211, the University of the Pacific PTCAS code, for inclusion with the PTCAS application. Do NOT submit your scores directly to the institution.
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
If the program specifically requests additional documentation from you or, or if you have additional documents for the program, please utilize the document upload section of the PTCAS application. This is not a requirement.
Supplemental Requirements
University of the Pacific supplemental application fee, Official GRE scores sent to code 0211,
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Three Letters of Reference are required: One must be from a university or college faculty member/instructor who can speak to the applicant's academic abilities, one must be from a Physical Therapist who can speak to the applicant's commitment to the field and professionalism, and the third one may be from a person of choice who can speak to the applicant's professionalism, collegiality, and/or integrity.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send original Canadian transcript to institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
All transcripts from non-US institutions must be translated into English (if applicable) and submitted to World Education Services (WES) for WES ICAP course-by-course evaluation with GPA calculation to be issued directly to the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of the Pacific.

Study abroad transcripts should be submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of the Pacific.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
On-line courses will only be accepted for Medical Terminology. Prerequisite courses in Biology, Exercise Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology must be taken within 10 years of applying to the program. For additional questions regarding prerequisites, please contact the Physical Therapy Program Office at PTAdmissions@pacific.edu or (209) 946-2526.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Anatomy
Human anatomy is required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
BOTANY NOT ACCEPTED. General Biology or another course in Biological Sciences (not botany) with or without lab: 3 semester credits/4.5 quarter hours minimum. Coursework older than 10 years is not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
  • Biology: General
Biology / Biological Science
General Biology with lab: 3 semester credits/4.5 quarter hours minimum. Coursework older than 10 years is not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General
Chemistry I
A standard full-year course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
A standard full-year course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
Introduction to the study of human physiological responses and adaptations resulting from muscular activity, including demonstration and measurement of basic physiological responses that occur with exercise. Coursework older than 10 years is not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Medical Terminology
Additional info: A basic course in bio-scientific terminology, analyzing the Latin and Greek elements in scientific English. (On-line courses may be accepted.)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 1
QH: 2
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
A standard full-year course. Calculus level physics is not required but is accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
A standard full-year course. Calculus level physics is not required but is accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Human physiology is required. A single semester course combining anatomy and physiology does not meet this requirement. However, a two-semester sequence of the combined subjects will meet this requirement. Coursework older than 10 years is not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Must be Abnormal Psychology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Statistics